What brewery haven't you had a bad beer from?

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  1. Cvescalante

    Cvescalante Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 Texas
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    Rogue.... Lmao
  2. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Initiate (189) Feb 14, 2010 Ohio
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    Came here to say this, only one I dislike is conways but I don't like red ales, or Irish ales so....
  3. Petela

    Petela Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2013 New Jersey

    so far... Firestone Walker hands down
  4. GoGators

    GoGators Crusader (735) Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey
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  5. atomic

    atomic Disciple (328) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
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    People saying Sierra Nevada must have not tried Rhizing Bhines.
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  6. RedneckBeerz

    RedneckBeerz Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2011 Massachusetts

    Just returned from a trip up to Asheville, N.C. and I tried about 8 brews from Wicked Weed Brewing and I can say with no doubt what so ever that every single one was an Excellent ++ brew. Probably the top of the list was the Freak of Nature IIIPA, which was unbelievably delicious (probably in the top 3 of any II or IIIPA that I've ever had).
  7. His_Royal_Hoppiness

    His_Royal_Hoppiness Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2012 United Kingdom (England)

    The Kernel! Perhaps the most inventive brewery in the UK, consistently producing incredible IPA, APA and stout variations...
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  8. shutyourface

    shutyourface Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2010 New York

  9. BeerDunson

    BeerDunson Initiate (106) Jul 20, 2012 Ohio
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    Three Floyds!!!
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  10. Hotmetal1

    Hotmetal1 Aspirant (286) Feb 28, 2012 Mississippi
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    I've only had 3 of each but Westbrook and Jack's Abby.
  11. nc41

    nc41 Meyvn (1,437) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Founders, Bells, Alpine for their IPA's.
  12. 19etz55

    19etz55 Disciple (320) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    Troegs. I've tried about 6 of their brews. Everyone was at least VERY good!
  13. zachary80

    zachary80 Devotee (492) Nov 29, 2009 Indiana

    If I haven't had a bad one from a brewery it is only because I haven't had that many of their offerings
  14. jcdgoad

    jcdgoad Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2008 Arkansas

    Prairie Artisan Ales
    Brasserie Dupont
    St. Bernardus
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  15. mellowmark

    mellowmark Aspirant (263) Mar 31, 2010 Minnesota
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    I can say I haven't had a bad beer from a large portion of breweries. Now if the question was about mediocre beer that would really narrow it down. I have never had a mediocre beer from Surly or Founders.
  16. RummyRedbeard

    RummyRedbeard Devotee (465) Mar 8, 2013 Colorado

    Lagunitas for sure.
    I've had most every release from Jack's Abby and I love most of them... at worst I'd say they've made a couple that I enjoyed but probably wouldn't buy again.
  17. 19etz55

    19etz55 Disciple (320) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey

    Troeg's. Tried 6, liked 6.
  18. Vonstein15

    Vonstein15 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Ohio

    Sprecher will always be a no worry buy,completely solid IMHO.cheers
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  19. jbeezification

    jbeezification Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2012 Texas

    All I have had from New Glarus is their IIPA and it was fantastic. Same goes for Pipeworks and Odell, both have great IIPAs.
  20. chim52chim

    chim52chim Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I'm a little shocked that no one has thrown out Weyerbacher. I also dig Sly Fox. More nationally though I have to agree with Founders, Great Lakes and Stone.
  21. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (2,971) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I have had about 10 different brands of Hill Farmstead beers; all of those beers have been excellent.

    I can't think of another brewery that I can say that about.

  22. microbrewlover

    microbrewlover Defender (699) Oct 5, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Haven't had a bad one yet from Troegs, Laguanita's, Anderson Valley and Yards
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  23. Steamer

    Steamer Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2012 Missouri

    Founders for me.
  24. dcs1548

    dcs1548 Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2011 Virginia

    Easily Lagunitas and Cigar City, I know even if I try one of their beers and its not something that particularly appeals to me it will still be a quality beer that was worth trying. I also have to add Unibroue, they really got me started on Belgian beers and their beers are always consistent and awesome.
  25. Ivegotmule

    Ivegotmule Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 North Carolina

    Founders first, then Bells, Central Waters, and RR. Even great breweries have flops, GF Friendship Brew, Stone Smoked Old Guardian (and 16th Ann), Lagunitas Lucky 13 alt, DFH Hellhound, etc.
  26. Tballz420

    Tballz420 Meyvn (1,187) Mar 4, 2003 Minnesota

    Alaskan, Ballast Point, Deschutes, Founders, Great Lakes, Lagunitas, Odell, Perennial Artisan Ales, Sierra Nevada, Sixpoint, Southern Tier, Steel Toe, Stone, Surly and Three Floyds, to name a few
  27. Seanibus

    Seanibus Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2004 California

    Victory has never disappointed me and I've had pretty much all of their regular lineup and used to spend some time in the brewpub trying the one offs and specialties.
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  28. beerindex

    beerindex Initiate (123) Jun 18, 2007 Michigan
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    2nd Shift, the Bruery, Cantillon, Firestone Walker, Green Flash, Haandbryggeriet, Kuhnhenn, Liefmans, Lost Abbey, Russian River, Three Floyds, and Upland.

    Mind you, this list doesn't remotely resemble a list of favorite breweries. For example, while I've never had a dud from FW, I also am rarely impressed by them. Founders, by contrast, routinely impresses me. But when you've had 40+ beers from a particular brewery, odds are you are going to have at least one or two duds in the bunch.
  29. Liquid_Bread

    Liquid_Bread Initiate (0) Apr 28, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Nice, hadn't heard of them till you mentioned it. I'll be there in July so I'll go check 'em out!
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  30. CarsonWK

    CarsonWK Initiate (0) May 19, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Founders, Bell's, Great Lakes and Troegs.
  31. IroquoisPlisken

    IroquoisPlisken Initiate (0) May 21, 2013 Ohio
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    Founders. I've tried a lot of their stuff and the worst thing I could say about any of them was that they were just "pretty good."
  32. VictorWisc

    VictorWisc Devotee (463) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts

    Add one more vote for Founders and Victory. I've had limited access to Bell, but all I've tried were exceptional. Two of local favorites that seem to skip all the fests are New Glarus and New Belgium and I haven't had a bad bottle or pour between them. I was going to go with five, but almost forgot about my personal favorites that have not been mentioned so far. It's not that I like every one of their products, but it's a matter of personal preference (I have very narrow style requirements), not quality issues at the brewers' end. That's Ommegang and Avery. Even the ones that are at the opposite end of their range are good representatives of the respective styles -- just not the styles I like. I'm sure I'm forgetting a few others, but that's the ones I've had the most experience with. Again, the list in short form:
    New Belgium
    New Glarus

    PS: I've been drinking Ommegang beers almost since they were founded and I always stock up on New Belgium when in Boulder. My only beef with Avery and Bell is limited distribution, particularly of their best.
  33. inchrisin

    inchrisin Defender (654) Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    I didn't want to list names, but that's one for me too. Amazing stuff and it just gets better when there's a yeti on the label! :slight_smile: I'm wondering if they have a house yeast or malt that give many of their beers a similar taste.
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  34. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Zealot (595) Aug 13, 2009 Indiana
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    I haven't really ventured into sours yet so I guess I dodged that bullet.
  35. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (7,121) Aug 15, 2010 Colorado
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    There are quite a few for which I think it's fair to say I haven't had a *bad* one.

    I can't remember having a bad one from: Deschutes, Alaskan, Westvleteren, Chimay, St. Bernardus, Narke, Lagunitas, De Struise, and Russian River - just off the top of my head.

    But many on that list have put out ones that were disappointing and/or mundane.
  36. frankthetank86

    frankthetank86 Initiate (0) Dec 24, 2012 New York

    i am a big founders fan but i can honestly say none of their ipas wowed me. the only one i will pick up is double trouble and thats when its available. but their stouts on the other hand are just unbeatable especially the FIS.

    never let me down; hill farmstead & maine beer co.
  37. Dracarys

    Dracarys Initiate (0) May 28, 2013 Alabama

    Great Divide
    Straight to Ale
    Sierra Nevada
    Great Lakes
  38. Phacoman

    Phacoman Initiate (0) Jun 26, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Firestone Walker

    Never been disappointed in any of their offerings.
  39. Rohkey

    Rohkey Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2013 Michigan

  40. Dennoman

    Dennoman Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2011 Belgium

    Oh, you must. Their IPAs are some of the finest I've tasted worldwide.

    I'll give some local love and go for Emelisse. The most solid brewery in the entire Benelux area for me. They've yet to show me a single sub-par offering, leave alone really bad.
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